Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville attorney charged with running a veterans' charity that Florida prosecutors say was a gambling operation wants a judge to try him separately from his co-defendants.
Attorneys for Kelly Mathis, who is charged with being the mastermind behind the Allied Veterans of the World gaming centers, say they plan to ask a judge to let Mathis go on trial without the other 56 co-defendants. Mathis' attorneys argue those defendants are likely to blame Mathis for their arrest.
The Florida Times-Union (http://tinyurl.com/lpc39l5) reports Mathis and six others have not waived their right to speedy trial.
The investigation into Allied Veterans of the World led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll after she was interviewed during the probe. Her firm did work for Allied but she's denied wrongdoing and wasn't charged.